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Day Four: Computer Troubleshooting for Librarians

October 22, 2015

The session introduced participants to techniques of solving common problems one may encounter in using a computer. This involved an introduction to components of a computer and common problems that users experience. Participants were also introduced to IT Essentials Virtual Desktop application which demonstrates computer parts.


LATINA course is a mixture of presentations and production activities. Participants are expected to work on certain projects and share the ideas on the last day which is tomorrow Friday 23rd October 2015. We wish them the best!

Day Three: Digital Story telling and Video lectures

October 21, 2015

Today we looked at how libraries can use open source software to design digital stories and short videos.

Digital stories are interactive and often presented in compelling and emotionally engaging formats.

Information Literacy programmes can also be made more interactive by embedding video clips.

What about online tutorials? Online courses? While designing courses, it is important to take into consideration the learners’ preferences.

Learners need to be engaged and one of the ways is to use interactive media.

Day Two: Statistics for Advocacy

October 20, 2015

Libraries need numbers, statistics and evidence to advocate and lobby for resources. Statistics are a vital issue for library associations and libraries who want to influence political processes.

Track The Traffic (TTT)

Is an instrument for studying user behavior in libraries and in other public spaces. It is based on tours of observation through the public areas of the library. The observers follow a fixed route and note down what the users are doing as they pass them. Activities  easy to observe are recorded: is the user sitting or standing? Is he/she alone or in a group? Is he/she engaged with digital or printed media (or no media at all), etc. The tours are repeated at regular intervals throughout the day and week. This means that the universe of behavior is sampled rather than continuously observed.

Today we shall conduct observation tours in MUBS library.

LATINA Uganda 2015 Course

October 19, 2015

Today, marks the beginning of the Learning and Teaching in a digital world course for members of the Consortium of Uganda University Libraries (CUUL).

Through the INASP Professional Leadership Grant, the General Secretary of the consortium attended the specialised courses in Cape Town organised by Cape Penninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and the team from the LATINA Lab, Oslo.

This workshop is a follow-up activity and with support form the LATINA Lab in Oslo, the workshop has become a reality. The CUUL training site has been set up at:

The morning session started with an Ice breaker as well as setting the session objectives in a participatory manner.

Participants felt it necessary to brainstorm about how libraries can effectively use Social media for academic purposes. It is worth noting that almost all participants are actively using social media for creating, sharing and disseminating information. However, some libraries have not yet embraced social media.

Later in the day we shall be looking at the different tools for creating and sharing information.


September 16, 2015

LATINA stands for Learning and Teaching in a Digital World.

Applications are hereby invited from the Consortium of Uganda University Libraries (CUUL) member institutions to attend specialized workshops.

Dates: 19th-23rd October 2015

Venue: Makerere University Business School Library, Nakawa


LATINA participants are expected to apply acquired skills in their respective institutions.


  • Applicants should posses a bachelor degree in librarianship, in teaching or other professional fields.
  • To be regular users of computers at work or at home

All applicants should study information about the course on the web before they choose to apply.   The programme demands personal commitment, since it requires a substantial amount of work before, during and after the on-site training.

Applications are invited from 16th September – 16th October 2015. Selection process will be on First-come-First serve basis. Geographical location, type of library and professional background will also be taken into account during the selection process.


Applicants should seek funding from their institutions to cover transport, accommodation and Dinner ( especially Upcountry participants).

Refreshments will be provided by the consortium.

Deadline for applications is 16th October, 2015.

No course fee is required.


Applicants are required to submit a brief letter of support from their immediate supervisors.

E-mail to the Coordinator LATINA Africa: Mrs  Agnes Kanzira Namaganda at:


International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) Professional Development Grant

September 10, 2015

Dear readers,

INASP has been involved in building and strengthening consortia in developing countries. The Consortium of Uganda University Libraries (CUUL) is one of the consortia that have greatly benefited from this collaboration. One of the areas that INASP has focused on is building capacity of librarians for the sustainability of the consortium.

This year, I was privileged to win an the INASP professional Development Grant. I used the grant to attend the specialized workshops on Learning and Teaching in the Digital World (LATINA) and Statistics for Advocacy in Cape Town on 20-29 August 2015. For more details, please visit: Cape Town

During the workshops, I was introduced to open source digital tools for teaching and learning. As an Information Literacy trainer, I embraced the concept of Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). A MOOC is a model for delivering learning content online with no limit on attendance. To this effect, I have been able to set up page for consortium members for purposes of Research and Development (R&D) available at: CUUL.

There has been a paradigm shift in higher education from teaching to learning. This means that librarians’ roles have to change too in order to facilitate collaborative learning. Librarians need to become innovative in order to remain relevant to the communities they serve.

With the skills attained, I intend to train other consortium members.


August 24, 2015

This year the LATINA course is in Cape Town, South Africa. The host university is Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)

This year the focus is on:




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